How Our Hands Help Us Think
By (author) Susan Goldin-Meadow
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Hearing Gesture by Susan Goldin-Meadow
Book DescriptionMany nonverbal behaviors--smiling, blushing, shrugging--reveal our emotions. One nonverbal behavior, gesturing, exposes our thoughts. This book explores how we move our hands when we talk, and what it means when we do so. Susan Goldin-Meadow begins with an intriguing discovery: when explaining their answer to a task, children sometimes communicate different ideas with their hand gestures than with their spoken words. Moreover, children whose gestures do not match their speech are particularly likely to benefit from instruction in that task. Not only do gestures provide insight into the unspoken thoughts of children (one of Goldin-Meadow's central claims), but gestures reveal a child's readiness to learn, and even suggest which teaching strategies might be most beneficial.In addition, Goldin-Meadow characterizes gesture when it fulfills the entire function of language (as in the case of Sign Languages of the Deaf), when it is reshaped to suit different cultures (American and Chinese), and even when it occurs in children who are blind from birth.Focusing on what we can discover about speakers--adults and children alike--by watching their hands, this book discloses the active role that gesture plays in conversation and, more fundamentally, in thinking. In general, we are unaware of gesture, which occurs as an undercurrent alongside an acknowledged verbal exchange. In this book, Susan Goldin-Meadow makes clear why we must not ignore the background conversation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674018372
(235mm x 155mm x 19mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susan Goldin-Meadow
Resilience of Language, Paperback (May 2005)
Part 1: The Problem of Language Learning. Out of the Mouths of Babes. How Do Children Learn Language? Language-Learning Across the Globe. Language-Learning by Hand. Does More or Less Input Matter? Part 2: Language Development without a Language Model. Background on Deafness and Language-Learning. How Do We Begin? Words. The Parts of Words.
Nature and Functions of Gesture in Children's Communication, Paperback (September 2003)
Features several chapters, which focus on the spontaneous gestures that accompany speech, especially the speech of children. Together, they confirm that gesture is a robust and integral part of communication that can provide unique insights into the mind.
Language in Mind, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Susan Goldin-Meadow
Contemporary investigations of the Whorfian idea that language influences how we perceive and understand the world.
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Author Biography - Susan Goldin-Meadow
Susan Goldin-Meadow is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago.
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